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Becoming more self sufficient in these uncertain times.

  • 24-05-2022 10:10pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,044 ✭✭✭ carrollsno1

    Been thinking of putting a beast in the freezer this last while and the last few trips to the supermarket (Irish and German) and butcher have kind of convinced me to. Talking to another fella similar age not living at home and hes thinking the same too. I know a few on here have been doing it over the years i was just wondering about a breakdown in the costs involved in doing a "homekill. Ive thought about a doing a cull cow maybe but were steering towards maybe a FR/JE bullock just gone two years at present.

    Also is anyone else living more off the land or planning too and if so what are you thinking of doing? I consume a fair bit of honey over the course of the year im thinking of bulk buying at the harvest in the back end of the summer. Were in a unique position at the moment compared to the general population we may as well use it to our advantage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,236 ✭✭✭ cjpm

    A heifer. Either Hereford or Angus. No more than 24 months old. Some fellas keep a quarter of the cuts and sell the remainder to a few neighbours. There’s a lot of feeding in one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,161 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian

    Put a HEX heifer in the freezer last week.

    she was 630kg heading up the ramp. €400 to slaughter, butcher and blast freeze. Said he charged a little extra because we wanted more burgers and no more than two steaks in any pack.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,507 ✭✭✭ Hard Knocks

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,114 ✭✭✭ Dinzee Conlee

    Lads do something similar (on a small scale) with an IBC - and store the gas in some kinda balloon. When I read about it, I got the impression you don’t get that much gas (enough for a cooker maybe?) But if that’s all you want, sure isn’t it enough too…

    Assume you have to feed it all the time, for it to keep generating the gas?

    I plan to make some hydrolysate, but just in barrels and not capture the gas. Just for the fertiliser. Be interesting to see how you get on…

    On a side note @Say my name , friend of mine did that biochar course in Kildare last week. Said was very good…

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,161 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,161 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian

    We’re growing spuds for first time here in maybe 40years.

    earlies in the tunnel and a bed of maincrop using no dig mulching technique.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,507 ✭✭✭ Hard Knocks

  • Registered Users Posts: 806 ✭✭✭ ABlur

    Would be interested in the no dig method could you give a bit of detail on that? I bought seed potatoes they're still in the bag ☺️

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,432 ✭✭✭ emaherx

    I was looking at this recently too, although with household waste and lawn clippings.

    It would be pretty cool if you could get enough gas to run cooker or even the lawn mower but probably wishful thinking, but I suppose any saving is a saving.

    More on topic with the thread, I built a 32ft by 12ft poly tunnel from heavy polypipe during the first lockdown. No where near self sufficient but growing what we can.

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